My New English Standard Version Bible

The English Standard Version Bible has been released in late 2001, and we bought the Crossway one pretty much straight afterwards when they landed Australia. However, I have been sharing the ESV with Vivian my wife for the last year since we have only bought one, and I still spent most of my time reading NIV and NASB because of that. However, this year International University Church is really trying to push everyone to switch to ESV, and even our pastor Joshua Ng has forsaken his well-worn NIV in favour of the brand new ESV in his Sunday sermons. I think it is time for me to get a new ESV for myself...

HarperCollins English Standard Version Bible

And Vivian thought the same way as well. My considering wife bought me a new HarperCollins Holy Bible English Standard Version edition from the Matthias Media office for AUD$19.95 on Tuesday, and I have been trying to get start using it. Beside the translation of the Word of God, this HarperCollins Bible is quite different from the Crossway's edition. First of all, it is compact. It measures 156mm x 105mm x 27mm, and it can fit in the side pocket of a cargo pants easily. Carrying around the Crossway ESV is just too much for me. However, it does not have cross references. It does not have maps at the back. It has some foot notes, but it does not have book introduction like the Crossway one. Basically, it has pretty much nothing but God's Word (which is the most important thing anyway). Not really a studying Bible I guess.

However, my biggest complain about the HarperCollins ESV is its font size. It is tiny!! It is even tinier than my old compact NIV Bible. Maybe it is just signs showing that I am getting old, but I do find that I need to put in more effort to read. Not just the English (well, ESV's vocabulary is a bit deeper than NIV's), but the fonts really hurt my eyes when I try to focus. I think it might just take a while for me to get use to...

One thing about the Crossway's ESV - I think the binding is not that good. Our Crossway has already started loosing pages, and we have to use sticky tape to put them back - only after 6 months of light usage! I am not sure about the quality of binding for the HarperCollins' ESV, but I guess only time will tell.